Working hard is not the key to success; it’s merely the price of admission.
Hard work alone isn’t enough to bring you everything you want.
Because if you’re working hard at the wrong things then they won’t take you to where you want to go.
You have to work hard at the right things if you want to achieve your desired destination.
Which introduces a second element to the equation.
Because not only do you have to work hard, you also have to work hard at the right things.
So what are the right things?
Actually it’s usually pretty simple to identify them.
Typically the right things, the best things, the most significant things you can do to achieve your goal are often the things you know need to be done but you most don’t want to do.
They are the things that nobody likes to do.
If you’re trying to build muscle, it means doing pull ups or leg day.
If you’re trying to lose weight, it means cutting your alcohol, carbs, or sugar intake.
If you’re in sales, it is prospecting.
If you’re trying to get out of debt, it’s making and following a budget.
In other words, it’s not enough to just work hard.
You have to do the hard work.
You have to do the things you don’t want to do.
You have to do the things that other people aren’t willing to do.
You have to do the things that you know are good for you, but they are hard.
You don’t do them because the goal is to make life as hard as possible.
Quite the contrary, you do them because they ultimately make life easier.
But that path is predicated on the unpopular truth that the shortest most guaranteed path to a more productive life is to do the hardest parts of things as soon as possible!
You don’t just work hard. You do the hard work.
And if you that…
If you work hard…
And you also do the hard work…
Then you will start to find that eventually things get easier and easier.